Satterthwaite vows to regain place in team

Canterbury Magicians captain Amy Satterthwaite did not see her axing from the New Zealand women's cricket team coming and has vowed to regain her place in the side.

Satterthwaite, who was vice-captain of the White Ferns, was the shock omission in interim coach Warren Lees' squad for the three one-day international and five Twenty20 home series against the West Indies, beginning on February 22.

Since making her debut in 2007, the 27-year-old all-rounder has been an integral figure in the national side, playing 58 ODIS and 52 T20s.

Satterthwaite struggled for runs in the early part of the Magicians' one-day and T20 campaigns, but slowly began to regain her touch, finishing the season strongly.

She was the 11th highest one-day domestic run-scorer this summer, scoring 276 runs at an average of 46, which included an unbeaten 105 against Central Districts. Satterthwaite was also New Zealand's second leading run-scorer on their tour of the West Indies last October.

Yesterday, Satterthwaite said she was still digesting the news, but hoped she would be able to return to the White Ferns squad in the future, better for the experience.

"I was a bit surprised. I started the season a bit lean, but in the last half of the season, I got back into form.

"I'm really disappointed, but that's sport and that's what happens."

She would be speaking to White Ferns management in the next few days about the areas of her game which had let her down and was determined to go away and work on them.

Satterthwaite said she was gutted to be dropped for the first time in her international career and admitted it was difficult to take given her pleasing play over the back half of the Magicians' season.

"When you've had an all right finish to the season it does make it harder to stomach. It is a new feeling and emotion that I'll be feeling for a while and will be new to experience."

She would now return to play club cricket for her St Albans team over the rest of the summer.

Magicians coach Brendon Donkers said he was baffled by Satterthwaite's non-selection and was confident she would be able to bounce back.

"I was really surprised. The squad that has been named is really inexperienced at international level. Yes, her form hasn't been fantastic this year, but she's a player who can add a lot. Her international record has really, really improved.

"It's a real shame for her, but she's made of strong character."

Canterbury finished fourth in the one-day competition and lost the T20 final to Auckland on Sunday. Donkers felt his side may have paid the price for their inconsistent one-day play when the selectors were picking their squad.

Satterthwaite was not the only Canterbury player to be culled from the White Ferns with legspinner Erin Bermingham, fast bowler Lea Tahuhu and medium-pacer Rachel Candy also surplus to requirements.

Candy missed a large chunk of the season with a fractured thumb, while Tahuhu was not able to bowl as accurately as she would have liked.

Donkers said he felt for Bermingham, who was unlucky to have missed out.

"With her role in Twenty20, I would have had her as one of my first picks. She's an attacking legspinner and can bowl at any stage during the 20 overs. "The bowling unit is very inexperienced and she would have brought a lot of experience."

Canterbury will have one of their smallest representations in many years in the White Ferns with just Frances Mackay and Hayley Jensen in the squad.

Jensen, an all-rounder, could make her international debut during the West Indies series and Donkers believed the 21-year-old was ready to shine.

"I'm rapt for Hayley. Hayley is the kind of player, who can play for New Zealand for a very long time. She's a right-arm medium pacer and a dynamic fielder and in Twenty20 cricket that's a must these days.

"She doesn't really realise how good she can be."

Former New Zealand internationals Sara McGlashan and Katey Martin return to the team after not being selected for the West Indies tour. McGlashan enjoyed a stellar domestic season for Auckland, where she was the top aggregate run-scorer in the T20 competition.

White Ferns' squad: Suzie Bates (c), Katey Martin (Otago), Hayley Jensen, Frances Mackay (Canterbury), Sophie Devine, Rachel Priest (Wellington), Nicola Browne, Felicity Leydon-Davis, Morna Nielsen (Northern Districts) Samantha Curtis, Maddy Green, Holly Huddleston, Sara McGlashan, Katie Perkins (Auckland).

The Press